October 12th, 2012

Top 7 Dance Spots Near Marina del Rey

Where do Marina del Rey residents go when they want to get their groove on? Madeeha J recently posed this question to us on Facebook, and we wanted to expand our answer to her in a blog post. Short of making the daunting drive to Hollywood where dance clubs are as common as wobbly little twenty-somethings in tube dresses standing in line, the Westside is not exactly known as a dance club mecca—at least in the traditional sense. However, if you expand your definition of “dance club” to mean “any venue where dancing occurs,” then the Marina and surrounding neighborhoods in Santa Monica, West L.A. and Culver City offer up some enticing local options.  Below, we’ve put together a list of some of the most popular Westside dance clubs worth checking out this weekend.

Rusty’s Rhythm Club:
Elk’s Lodge
8025 W Manchester Blvd
Playa Del Rey, CA 90293

Swing dancing came back into fashion in the 90s, thanks to a movie called, “Swingers.” Rusty’s Rhythm Club at the Elk’s Lodge in Playa del Rey may not be as cool as the Derby once was—but it’s still an option for tried and true local swingers on Wednesdays and first Fridays.

9300 Venice Blvd
Culver City, CA 90232

Three words: Monday nights Funkmosphere.  If you like reggae, hip-hop and funk, Carbon in downtown Culver City should definitely be on your list of local dance clubs to hit up.  What more can we say? Drinks are stiff, the staff is hot and there is plenty of opportunity to bust a move.

2810 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA

Barcopa in Santa Monica has been a hip-hop staple on Main Street for years. This bar is a little bit “cozy” (translation: small), but guests enjoy the intimate feel and laid back vibe. Barcopa is known for its DJs who spin dance-friendly old school hip-hop. Also, there’s no cover charge if you get there before 10:30 pm on the weekends.

Busby’s West:
3110 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA

Busby’s features a dance floor, full bar, hi-def TVs, billiards and a ping-pong table (how often do you see that combination in a dance club?).  Worth checking out if one half of your group wants to catch the UCLA game and the other half wants to shake it up on the dance floor. No cover charge.

Main on Main:
2941 Main St.
Santa Monica, CA

Main on Main is one of the sleeker dance clubs in Santa Monica, with a modern design and plenty of space on the dance floor. It also features a DJ booth, areas reserved for bottle service and a variety of specialty cocktails such as their popular Blueberry Cosmopolitan. The DJs typically play a mixture of Top 40 hits, hip-hop and 70s music. No cover charge before 11pm.

1301 5th St.
Santa Monica, CA

Zanzibar is another favorite Westside spot. The best night to go is Saturday, when the DJs play a mix of hip-hop, pop hits and some mellow reggae tunes. The DJs are also often happy to take your song request. If you’re looking for a place with a decent sized dance floor, reasonably priced drinks and a friendly atmosphere devoid of the Hollywood crazies, then Zanzibar is for you.

The Room Santa Monica:
1325 Santa Monica Blvd.
Santa Monica, CA

The Room is quite literally a hidden gem, tucked inconspicuously behind Central SAPC (formerly 14 Below) and is also part of the family that owns Barcopa. On Saturdays, the DJ plays a combination of 90s, hip-hop and R&B music. Primarily a bar/lounge, the dance area isn’t quite as spacious as some other places, but it should still provide for a fun night of dancing with friends.